Thursday, 25 April 2013

Fancy Vintage Screen Card

 Good morning and welcome to Make it Thursday.
Today I am sharing two projects from our monthly card class. The card above was our Fancy Vintage Screen. I had seen a similar shaped card on Pinterest and decided to design my own version.

We used papers from the Tea for Two Designer Series Paper set as a stamping base (daubered around the edges with Soft Suede) and then stamped images from Elements of Style and Serene Silhouettes. We then coloured the floral image and punched butterflies using both the Elegant Butterfly & Bitty Butterfly Punches. We finished with basic pearls and floral trim. The screen shaping was created using the Decorative Label punch. If you only place your paper in to the punch half way and then punch you get the lovely shaped effect along the bottom.
Our second project (and my technique for the day) is this Vellum gift bag. I know my crafty ladies love using Vellum in their crafting and had previously loved the Vellum bags available in our previous seasonal catalogue. So I set about finding a gift bag tutorial that I could try using Vellum with. My tip for the day is to try replacing your usual cardstock or designer papers with a sheet of Vellum when making a gift bag to see the effect you will get. Vellum looks beautiful embossed (it goes white where the stress is placed on the Vellum when embossing). This works especially well with smaller bags like this. It would be perfect for party favours or to put brightly coloured chocolates in as a gift.

We finished our bag with an image stamped using Fine Feathers and a bitty button layered with matching cardstock.

Please get in touch if you would like any further information on Stampin' Up! and the beautiful products or to talk through joining Stampin' Up! as a Demonstrator. I also have upcoming dates available for parties if you'd like to earn some extra product freebies. Drop me a line on or 01983 609249.
Thanks for popping by today and happy crafting ;0)

Friday, 19 April 2013

Stamping on tissue technique

Good afternoon all and welcome to the weekend.
I shared a project last month that my downline Hayley showed us how to make at our monthly shoebox swap. I fell in love with the stamping on tissue effect so decided to adapt her card for my swaps for an upcoming Stampin' Up! Regional event in Telford (one of the many perks of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator- meeting up and swapping ideas with other Demonstrators from around the country. If you fancy coming along too there is till time to sign up as a Demo and book your place on the event. Registration closes on Friday April 26th. Click here to order your Starter Kit and start your Stampin' Up!journey. Drop me a line and I'll happily chat through joining my team and getting started with Stampin' Up, or see the 'Join My Team' tab at the top of my blog).
So for this weeks Thursday technique (on a Friday) I am sharing how to create the crumpled tissue effect. I won't share my completed project just yet as the Telford event isn't for a couple of weeks and I don't want to ruin the surprise for all the Demos I might swap with. The component parts of my project are above.
I stamped the larger butterfly from Papillon Pot Pouri in Chocolate Chip on to a small piece of white tissue paper. Once the ink was completely dry I then screwed and crumpled the tissue up into a small ball. You then cover your piece of Newsprint DSP with Anywhere Glue Stick and flatten the tissue onto the DSP. I tried to centre each butterfly and you don't flatten it completely to give a textured and raised effect to your image.
Here is the finished tissue paper effect. You get a lovely crinkled faux suede effect. I finished my image with Soft Suede daubered round the image for an aged vintage effect. This image and technique puts me in mind of the old museum displays with mounted insects and butterflies.

I hope you enjoyed todays quick 'how to technique'. Pop back on May 11th and I'll share the completed project with you ;0)

If you would like any further information on Stampin' Up! or joining my expanding team, I would be only too happy to help. Get in touch on 01983 609249 or to find out more.

Wishing you all sunshine and a lovely crafty weekend.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Join Stampin' Up! for fabulous freebies

Well with all the excitement of some warm weather (and Summer's first trip to the zoo!), a fab offer from Stampin' Up! (see post below) and some exciting things afoot, I haven't had a moment spare for craftiness this weekend. I have searched my photos for something to share and sadly I have nothing new to share with you today. So instead I thought I would post a quick feature above to show the versatility of our beautiful bitty buttons. I love using them with patterned papers to layer up and create perfectly coordinated embellishments for cards and scrapbook pages.

Time is just flying by at the moment. In between being a full time Mum, part time Charity Manager, crafter, Demonstrator and tv-addict I just don't have enough hours in the day to finish anything. But i have a lot of lovely projects in the pipeline to share with you very soon. And I have a tutorial feature lined up for you on Thursday on a lovely technique using tissue paper and stamping.
Before i go, just another quick reminder about the fantastic offer from Stampin' Up! this month. Sign up as a Demonstrator and you will receive £155 worth of product (fully customisable from our current catalogues) for just £99 as well as £45 worth of business essentials too. It is a perfect time to sign up with Stampin' Up! with the new main catalogue just around the corner (and as a Demo you would get a sneaky peak and pre-order period too!)
I would love to chat to you about joining my team and as a thank you for signing up with me I am offering a choice of a free exclusive stamp set to all new team members joining in April and May. You can join direct using this link or get in touch with to find out more information. I offer all new team members a getting started business pack including paper samplers and card stock samples to get you started with your business.
I have been with Stampin' Up! for 3 years now and can thoroughly recommend joining the Stampin' Up! family. Whether as a hobby demonstrator or to build a business and boost your income, Stampin' Up! is a flexible and fun way to get your hands on all the fabulous Stampin' Up! products and gain exclusive sneak peaks of what is coming up (and with the new big catalogue just around the corner- what better time to join!). If you'd like to find out more you can click here to read the 'Join My Team' tab or I would be more than happy to chat and talk you through signing up with Stampin' Up! (get in touch on or 01983 609249).
Sarah Poulton
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
01983 609249 or 07830 343830

Monday, 15 April 2013

Fabulous Freebies during April and May

What lovely news!!!

Two special promotions announced from Stampin' Up! running through till 30th May.
1) Earn an additional £25 in FREE product when you host a £250 sales party. Get in touch to book your party date today ;0)
2) Join my Stampin' Up! team and you will receive an extra £25 to spend in your Starter Kit (a total of £155 worth of product for a bargain price of £99!). It is so easy to take advantage of this offer from Stampin' Up! Just click here and you can order your £155 of product direct with Stampin' Up! It is as simple as that! I will then get in touch and welcome you to my team alongside sending a bundle of useful info for getting started with your business (including paper & ribbon samplers and an extra little stamping gift for joining during April and May- an exclusive stamp set- I will email you pictures to choose from once you join!)

I have been with Stampin' Up! for 3 years now and can thoroughly recommend joining the Stampin' Up! family. Whether as a hobby demonstrator or to build a business and boost your income, Stampin' Up! is a flexible and fun way to get your hands on all the fabulous Stampin' Up! products and gain exclusive sneak peaks of what is coming up (and with the new big catalogue just around the corner- what better time to join!). If you'd like to find out more you can click here to read the 'Join My Team' tab or I would be more than happy to chat and talk you through signing up with Stampin' Up! (get in touch on or 01983 609249).
Sarah Poulton
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator
01983 609249 or 07830 343830

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Try It Tuesday- Quick and Easy Double Layout

This is a lot later post than I had anticipated. Time is in very short supply in my household at the moment and this evening has run away with me. I decided I really should start my craft room spring clean. Last month was so busy crafting wise that I hadn't unpacked any of my crafting bags. Well I can officially say my room is somewhat tidier and I made enough room on my desk to create the double layout above.
As I said, time is seriously short at the moment and I have a whole stack of pictures of Summer to scrapbook and add to her album. I have a lot of pages I want to create to tell her story and not enough time to do it in. So I am looking to create quick and simple pages that I can slot in with significant photos. This double layout works separately and as a double page too.
I used a whole series of circle and scallop punches with the bold Floral District Designer Series Papers to create the rainbow. I then stamped in the gaps using Circle Circus (Rich Razzleberry, So Saffron and Calypso Coral) and added rhinestones and buttons to add dimension.
As simple as these two pages are, they look lovely added to my album. A real bright splash of colour to add to Summer's story.
Thank you for popping by today. Just a quick reminder of this months class dates:
  • Friday 19th April 1-3pm £6 Sew & So Craft Centre, Ryde                                 (Masculine cards for those difficult to craft for men in our lives)
  • Saturday 20th April 1-4pm £8 Newport - Card Class
  • Tuesday April 30th 7-9pm Newport- Scrapbooking Class.
For more info please see my class tab above or get in touch on to book your space.
Happy crafting ;0)


Thursday, 4 April 2013

Thursday Technique: Coloured Flower Trim

If you popped by my blog on Tuesday you will have seen this card which I embellished with coloured flower trim. I am sharing the card above today which I created as my customer thank you notes for March. I again used my favourite flower trim but wanted it to stand out from the Tea for Two Designer Series Paper so daubered the flower in Marina Mist to match the cardbase and sentiment.
There are a number of ways you can colour the fabulous Flower Trim (126869 £6.25) depending on how bold you want the colour:
1) Lightly dauber with a dauber and an ink pad- this gives the lightly coloured effect above (and you will still see some of the vanilla base colour)
2) Colour with your reinkers- this gives a block bolder colour.
3) Colour with your Stampin' Write markers- this would give you a more defined colour. You have more control over the amount of colour you transfer (and could lend itself to a multicoloured effect?)
4) Direct to ink pad- if you just dip your flower on to your ink pad you will get a coloured effect. Depending on the pressure or how long you leave it you will get a differing boldness.
And voila, perfectly matching Flower Trim whatever the papers or design. They are such a beautiful addition to any project, card or scrapbooking page and so versatile colour wise.
Thank you for popping by today. Lots of exciting things to share with you very soon. More information to come.

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Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Try It Tuesday: Tutorial Make

I thought I would share something a little different with you for todays Try It Tuesday. I was procrastinating on Pinterest a couple of weeks ago and came across this tutorial video for a box card. I'd never seen this fancy fold before so thought I would give it a go. I love the idea of a little box within the card. Perfect for flat chocolates or money or a gift card. Simple yet effective for building your packaging in to your hand made greeting.
For my version of the card I used the beautiful More Amore Speciality Papers paired with the gorgeous flower trim (both products can be found in the Spring Summer Catalogue).

 I used a Very Vanilla base and layered with Raspberry Ripple and the More Amore DSP. The inside section I stamped with the lovely tree image from the Forever Young stamp set (stamped in Early Espresso) and spritzed with Vanilla Smooch Spritz for a bit of glimmery glitz.
Hope you all had a lovely long weekend ;0) Its beginning to feel a little more Spring like here on the Isle of Wight. Keeping my fingers crossed for some better weather.  And if you wondered how Summer enjoyed her first Easter, I think this picture says it all!  Summer's first taste of chocolate ;0)
Please drop me a line if you'd like any further info on Stampin' Up! and their products: or 01983 609249. I love to help hostesses achieve freebies at their parties, so if you think this is something you might be interested in, please get in touch and I'll talk you through a crafty party for you and your friends. I bring the craftiness and you bring the friends ;0)
Happy crafting ;0)

Monday, 1 April 2013

A very Happy (and belated) Easter to all

Happy Easter weekend to you all.
I hope you have had a lovely long weekend and are all refreshed ready for the shorter working week ahead.
I thought I would share the last of my Easter projects with you today to celebrate Easter Monday.
These are two projects we made at our recent March card class. Firstly, I must give credit to the lovely Vicky for the Easter card. I saw her version of this and couldn't resist giving it a go. You'll have seen from a large number of my recent projects that I have loved using my Everybunny stamp set and this chick has got to by my favourite stamp in the set. I loved Vicky's ingenious use of the oval embossed frame within the labels framelit. And I always love tone on tone coloured crafting too ;0)
The Easter daffodil basket was inspired by this tutorial. I had seen these take out box style boxes all over the place and was surprised to find they were made with the Petal Cone Die and just trimmed to take off the point. Unfortunately my box got a bit bent out of shape in my crafting bag after the class. It should stand nice and straight. We stuffed our basket with tissue paper and a creme egg. Lovely!! (although i am pretty sure not all those chocolates made it home!)

Thank you for popping by today and please get in touch if I can help with anything Stampin' Up! I am more than happy to help you place a Stampin' Up! order for our products or talk you through hosting a Springtime crafty party. Would be lovely to get together and chat craftiness and earn you some Stampin' Up! freebies in the process. Get in touch on or 01983 609249 for more info.

Happy Crafting ;0)